A piece of Angus in St Louis, USA

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ANGUS the Carnoustie Musical Society Bear is feeling right at home in the rain on his whistlestop tour of St Louis.

His trip to the American city is part of Carnoustie Musical Society’s production of ‘Meet Me In St Louis’ which starts on Monday.

Angus has been taken under the wing of Mike Frazer of STAGES Performing Arts Academy in St Louis, Missouri, who offered to help promote the Carnoustie show after tracing his ancestral roots back to Scotland.

The show opens on Monday in Carnoustie High School and with tickets priced with a special first night rate of £6.

Concessions are available at £8 and block bookings of eight or more are also priced at £8, all other tickets are £10 and are available from The Fobel Shop.

‘Meet me in St Louis’ runs from Monday, March 11 to Friday, March 15, in the Carnoustie High School theatre with curtains going up at 7.30 p.m.

The story of ‘Meet Me In St Louis’ was adapted from a series of short stories in The New Yorker magazine by Sally Benson.

It concerns the trials and tribulations of the well-to-do Smith family who live in St Louis, Missouri in the run up to the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition’s World Fair.

The main protagonists are Esther (Claire Laing) and Rose Smith (Kerry Mitchell) and their respective love interests John Truitt (Mike Burns) and Warren Sheffield (Chris Jukes).

Comic turns will be provided by the characters of Tootie (Amiee Stanton) and Agnes Smith (Cerys Fitzgerald), as well as Grandpa (Dave Soutar) and Katie the housekeeper (Jane Mcnamara).

The rest of the family consists of brother Lon (Neil Watson), father Alonzo Smith snr (Rodger Brunton) and mother Anna Smith (Liz Pardoe).

‘Meet Me In St Louis’ was made into a film by MGM in 1944 starring Judy Garland and was the second biggest grossing film that year.

It features some very well known tunes, including ‘The Trolley Song’, ‘Skip To My Lou’ and ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’.